My dear brethren, five thousand men, not counting the women and children, ate and were filled with only five loaves of bread and two fish blessed by the almighty’s hand.
During His earthly presence, the Lord showed particular interest to the human body. Later on, the apostle Paul would characterize it as the temple of the Holy Spirit. Thus, we see that Jesus heals patients, raises the dead, and in many cases restores the health of afflicted people. Therefore, it was not possible for Him not to be interested in helping hungry people. With the multiplication of the five loaves and the two fish in a desert that filled five thousand men and a crowd of women and children who came to hear him. St. John Chrysostom says: “The place may be a desert, but among you is one who nourishes the universe. The time has passed, but with you, He continues to talk to you, He is not subjected to time. ”
Before Christ did the miracle to satisfy the hunger of His listeners, He had previously satisfied their spiritual instincts. The teaching He offered to the crowd was true spiritual food. It is not only the physical hunger that overwhelms man. But above all hungers for joy, for happiness, for life. There is even hunger for justice, for truth, and for sanctity. The crowd brought him in constant search. With their arms outstretched and as yearning souls, He asks to hug them tightly and keep the joy and light. Out of His infinite love for man, God wanted to make them take part of His great Joy. That’s why He offered Himself, the fullness of who the human soul could wish for.
This miracle of the Lord has many great lessons to give us. But our era has been called a “consumer” one because we recklessly waste goods that God gives us, we need to be taught particularly, by what the Disciples of the Lord did when they took the pieces left over and guarded them.
They shouldn’t have been pressed or eaten by animals. Whatever is intended for the maintenance of man is lost when it is given to the hungry, the poor, we unnecessarily throw it away.
Each commodity we have, we have gotten from the rich hand of the Lord. He gave the “fractions” – pieces of bread and fish – in the hands of the Apostol’s and they gave them to the crowds. This reminds us of the origin of each item. God is the Source. And each person is responsible for how he or she uses it.
The Evangelist John says that the Lord gave the order to pack up the leftovers, so after the crowds were filled, nothing would go to waste.
Today, we all waste money on fashion. We waste money very strangely for food and beverages. We unnecessarily change shoes and clothings and backpacks only for the brand that they have as labels. We spend ours or our parents’ money, in sound and photographic items … And if our demands do not find the response we want from our parents, there will be a war at home. And worse … many resort to illegal means; to gambling, to betting … to thefts and burglaries … and other types of crimes.
The person who spends a lot is unable to achieve big and kind ideals. He or she is unworthy of the trust of God. Economic-self-sufficiency, not selfishness, makes man a human being in the eyes of many. So he or she can meet his or her needs, without being a burden to others. He or she may even be useful and beneficial to those around him or her. To help them in their needs. But which one is the deepest significance of this miracle? The Messiah introduces the Holy Eucharist. Therefore, the miracle has an additional meaning which has to do with the church. Jesus, who is “the bread of life,” feeding the people of God, the people of the church with eternal food rather than temporary; the body and blood, meaning the Holy Communion.
Dear brothers and sisters, only the Lord can throw in our soul the precious manna that will support and lift us. As long as we go to Him as the hungry crowds did. To ask him, to pull our heart from the temporary goods and to implant within us the blessed hunger and thirst for Him. To become receivers of His word: “Blessed are those who are hungry, because they shall be filled.”
Clean, humble and serious the young person approached the shopkeeper and with kindness asked whether the shop needed another employee. He graduated from middle school and had to work. The shopkeeper was at first happy with the appearance of the young person. However, he told him to come again in 10 days. The young person thanked him and left. From the glass door, the shopkeeper was watching him. A few meters further, he sees him bending and took something from the street. It was a pin, which he inserted on his right lapel. The shopkeeper ran, opened the door and shouted to the young man to come back.
From this moment on, you are my employee. I appreciated the spirit of your finances. The pin, when bent down and took it off the road, you have revealed yourself to me. I need you. May God bless you …
In a few years he had become the new partner in the enterprise. And with what principal investment? With a pin …